Barnaby Bear visits the Royal State of Michoacán and Lake Patzcuaro in the countryside of Mexico. Not far from the lake is the village of Tocuaro, which is famous for its wooden masks. Barnaby visits the home of a family which makes the masks. Carving the masks from soft white wood takes about five days and the masks are then painted and decorated. Barnaby sees a selection of masks including a leopard, a bear and a snake.
Children could locate the places mentioned in the clip on a map of Mexico. As Barnaby walks through the house the children could compare the Mexican home to their own, stating differences and similarities. The children could use papier mache to create their own masks similar to those Barnaby has seen being made.